Kucherov, Vasilevskiy, Giordano Capture Top Honors at 2019 NHL Awards

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LAS VEGAS — It was St. Louis “Singing the Blues” as 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, but it was Sin City singing the praises of the NHL’s best at the 2019 Awards Show on June 19 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

From the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 62-win regular season to the worst-to-first Blues to the memorable playoff runs from the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes, 2019 was certainly a season to remember.

While the success of the regular season did not transfer to post-season success, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning captured the Hart and Vezina Trophies as The League’s Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender, respectively.

“I’m really honored to receive this award and so humbled to be up here,” Kucherov, who also won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring with 41 goals and 87 assists for 128 points, said. “Thanks to our fans — you guys are amazing. I’d also like to thank my teammates, coaching staff, all our trainers, ownership and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for everything you do. Part of this award goes to you guys.”

Ryan O’Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe as the Playoffs’ Most Valuable Player after setting a new franchise record for post-season points, added another trophy to his case taking home the Selke Trophy as the The League’s Top Defensive Forward.

“On behalf of the amazing teammates behind me, all of the staff, we especially want to thank the city and fans of St. Louis,” O’Reilly said. “You guys stuck with us through the thick and thin. The celebration with you guys has been above and beyond anything I could have imagined. We all feel the same. We still can’t believe it, but we did it together — thank you St. Louis — it’s the coolest thing in the world.”

Here’s a look at each one of the 2019 NHL Award Winners:

Hart Trophy – League Most Valuable Player – Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Runner-up: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Vezina Trophy – Top Goaltender – Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Runner-up: Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars; Robin Lehner, New York Islanders

Calder Trophy – Rookie of the Year – Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks

Runner-up: Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres; Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues

Lady Byng Trophy – Most Gentlemanly Player – Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

Runner-up: Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues; Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

Norris Trophy – Best Defenseman – Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

Runner-up: Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks; Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Selke Trophy – Top Defensive Forward – Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues

Runner-up: Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights; Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Jack Adams Award – Top Coach – Barry Trotz, New York Islanders

Runner-up: Craig Berube, St. Louis Blues; Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – Perseverance, Sportsmanship and Dedication to Hockey – Robin Lehner, New York Islanders

Runner-up: Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

Related: 2018 NHL Award Winners

King Clancy Trophy – Humanitarian Award – Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild

Runner-up: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Ted Lindsay Award – Most Outstanding Player as Voted by NHL Players’ Association – Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Runner-up: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

General Manager of the Year – Don Sweeney, Boston Bruins

Runner-up: Don Waddell, Carolina Hurricanes; Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues

Willie O’Ree NHL Community Hero Award – Rico Phillips

Runner-up: Anthony Benavides; Tammi Lynch

Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award – Wayne Simmmonds, Nashville Predators

Runner-up: Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames; Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes



Written by John Christian Hageny  @JCCSPORTS 

Special to HockeyClan


Main Image: Actor Thomas Middleditch, playing character NHL Hockey Commentator Tony Babcock, talks with Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


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